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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Castletown

(Balla Cashtal)

The old capital of the island with a very long history as the the home of vikings, kings, and government. There is much to see and do in this historical coastal town.

Castletown sits on the site of an ancient volcano. The town was the capital of the island for hundreds of years. The government was run from within it before moving to Douglas and much of what the island is today started in this historical town.

Tracing its origins back to 1090, Castletown holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner. The medieval Castle Rushen, once the home of kings and later government, still dominates the centre of town.

Fishing boats continue to fill the harbour, though Castletown saw the end of major commercial traffic to its port in the 1970's. The on going expansion of financial and industrial businesses in the area keep Castletown on the map as an important island town.


Events
Dates: Saturday 01 August 2015
Description: Castletown Festival Day. A family fun event with fun for all ages, childrens fashion competitions, bonny baby competitions, selection of Festival Princess, crowning of Festival Queen 2015, fun stalls, stalls, bouncy castles and refreshments. In the evening-fancy dress competition, unique Grand Confetti Carnival, disco dancing and tribute act in Castletown's ancient Market Square. Admission free. From 12 noon until 10.45pm. (Reserve date in case of inclement weather is Saturday 8th August 2015). The Market Square and The Parade,, Castletown, 01624824393 http://www.castletownfestival.im.
Dates: Tuesday 24 November 2015
Description: Castletown Philatelic Society. Club Auction to be held at the George Hotel, Castletown. George Hotel, The Square, Castletown, 01624670336.
Dates: Friday 27 May 2016 - Monday 30 May 2016
Description: Pre-TT Classic Motorcycle Races. Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races on the Billown Circuit. Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Monday 30th May. ,, Castletown, http://www.southern100.com.
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Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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